Romania Tailormade Tour- The Land of Contrasts – an 8 day Tailormade Tour from £1995 per person based on 2 people travelling sharing a room.
Since the 1989 revolution that saw the collapse of the Ceausescu regime, Romania has maintained a low profile in tourism terms.
Its capital is still confused with Hungary’s, and save for Castle Bran’s Dracula associations, few of its sights make it onto European must-see lists.
Therefore, the grandeur of Bucharest’s wide boulevards and its diverse wealth of architecture often come as a surprise to visitors, particularly those expecting a crumbling wasteland of utilitarian communist concrete.
Beyond the capital, mediaeval monastic cultural and historical sights reflect the richness of Romanian history.
Romania is one of the most exciting parts of Europe, tucked away in a remote corner where few visit and fewer still have much knowledge of. Blessed with large swathes of virtually untouched countryside, much of Romania follows a way of life that has been extinguished elsewhere in Europe, and the centuries old folklore and traditions still thrive in its picturesque villages.
The countryside’s remarkable biodiversity is also a revelation. On farms few pesticides and chemical fertilisers have ever been employed, effectively ‘organic’ agricultural practices maintaining wild flora and fauna lost to agrobusiness in other parts of Europe. Further afield, in the Carpathian Mountains wildlife has found a refuge from human habitat encroachment. Romania may remain a ‘forgotten’ part of Europe, but among its landscapes the value of its inheritance is now being realised.
Our Romania tailormade tour visits important cultural gems such as the medieval towns of Sighisoara and Sibiu in Transylvania, but also spends time getting to grips with life in the villages, often staying in rural communities as guests of local families, where local culture is at its strongest. We traverse the spectacular Carpathian Mountains, home to an array of biodiversity including bears and wolves.
Taking in the gorgeous painted monasteries of Bucovina and the Saxon village of Viscri, this trip encompasses the very best that Romania has to offer. But Romania cannot simply be experienced by ticking off its sites – it is the genuine cultural encounters that we have with local people that make this tour so very special, and will leave you with enduring memories of this truly enchanting country.
Day 1 - Arrival in Bucharest
Begin your Romania tailormade tour when you arrive in Bucharest and transfer to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive, you may have a chance to start exploring the city on your own. Overnight Capitol Hotel or similar. No meals nor guided arrangements included today.
Day 2 - Bucharest – Bran - Brasov
(Approx. driving time is 4 hours today)
We start the day with a city tour of Bucharest. After lunch (optional – not included) we leave Bucharest via the Prahova Valley and travel into fabled Transylvania and Bran village, home to Castle Bran, linked to the legend of Dracula. There’s plenty of time to tour the beautifully restored 14th Century castle and discover its colourful history. Afterwards we continue to the important city of Brasov, fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains. Overnight Bella Muzica Hotel or similar. (B)
Day 3 - Brasov - Viscri
(Approx. driving time is 1.5-2 hours today)
This morning we explore the important sites of Brasov on a city tour. From Brasov we drive to the Saxon village of Viscri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way we stop to see the 13th century fortified Lutheran church of Prejmer, also UNESCO designated. We spend the day exploring the village and rural surrounds and learning about traditional local life. Later we take a horse and cart ride through the countryside. Along the way we’ll meet local craftsmen and gain an insight into age old customs that still hold sway here. Overnight you will be staying with local hosts and enjoy traditional cuisine with homemade brandy and wine. (BLD)
Day 4 - Viscri - Sighisoara and Sucevita
(Approx. driving time is 7 hours today)
Today your Romania tailormade tour takes you to Sighisoara, known for its beautiful mediaeval UNESCO listed citadel. We explore the fortress and visit the birthplace of bloodthirsty local boy, Vlad the Impaler. Our route takes us then via the impressive Bicaz Gorges with breath-taking vertiginous limestone walls, reaching up to 350m. We then enter the region of Bucovina, located on the northern slopes of the central Eastern Carpathians. At the village of Sucevita we enjoy a traditional dinner prepared by our local hosts accompanied with local brandy and wine. Overnight traditional guesthouse. (BD)
Day 5 - Painted Monasteries of Bucovina (UNESCO) – Cluj
(Approx. driving time is 5 hours today)
After breakfast we set off to visit the region’s UNESCO World Heritage ‘Painted Monasteries’. At Moldovita Monastery we explore a masterpiece of Moldavian Gothic architecture, adorned with lively exterior frescoes dating from the beginning of the 16th century. Nearby we visit an egg painting workshop, a traditional local art form, where we are shown the special techniques required in this extremely delicate operation. Afterwards we visit Sucevita Monastery, the largest of the ‘Painted Monasteries’, before driving to Voronet Monastery, known as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the East’ where exterior frescoes date from the 15th century. We then continue our route crossing the Carpathian Mountains on spectacularly scenic route over the Tihuta Pass and onward to Cluj. Overnight in a centrally located comfortable hotel. (B)
Day 6 – Cluj - Turda - Alba Iulia and Sibiu
(Approx. driving time is 4.5 hours today)
This morning enjoy a city tour of Cluj, the former capital of Transylvania. Continue to the remarkable salt mine of Salina Turda. Dating from the 17th century the mine is now a fascinating underground entertainment complex, described by some as ‘the coolest underground place in the world’. We drive onward to Alba-Iulia, a city of high importance, where after WWI the Romanian Principalities and Transylvania agreed to unite and create modern Romania. The city is also home of the best-preserved Vauban fortress in Europe. Designed by an Italian architect in the early 18th century and modelled on a seven-pointed star with arrow-shaped bastions, the fortress is noted for its baroque decorative elements and the beauty of its six gates. By the end of the day we reach Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture of 2007. Overnight in a centrally located comfortable hotel. (B)
Day 7 – Sibiu – Bucharest
(Approx. driving time is 4.5 hours today)
This morning we explore the colourful town of Sibiu, both the old and new quarters. The oldest parts of the city date back to the 12th century. This afternoon we will transfer back to Bucharest via the picturesque Olt Valley where you can stop to stretch your legs and imbibe the wonderful scenery. Arrive back in Bucharest for the evening and our local team will be happy to make a recommendation for dinner. Overnight in a comfortable centrally located hotel, Capitol Hotel or similar. (B)
Day 8 - Bucharest - Departure from Romania
Transfer to the airport at the appropriate time for your onward travel arrangements either to the airport or the train station. End of services. (B)
We offer this Romania Tailormade Tour for private departures only.
Prices start from £1995 per person, based on 2 people travelling and sharing a room.
Departure dates on request.
We can also tailor a similar or totally different itinerary to meet your requirements. Please contact us to discuss your travel plans.
Single Supplement for this Romania tailormade tour starts from £415 – Please note that there may be communal bathrooms in village houses.
Return direct flights from London to Bucharest start at £180. Contact us for a quotation.
Airport transfers are included in the price of the tour.
Extra night accommodation pre and/or post tour in Bucharest costs from £41 per person, per night sharing a twin/double room and £74 per person in a solo occupancy room.
Please note that the prices quoted above are for the category of accommodation and hotel used for this particular tour. Depending on the hotel eventually confirmed there may be some difference in the rate advertised by the hotel, and the prices available through Undiscovered Destinations. It should be noted we will not apply a surcharge should more expensive accommodation be used. At the same time in the event that a lower rate is available for the confirmed hotel we are unable to offer a refund.
Travel to Romania by Train
We know that for many of our destinations flying cannot be avoided. But we believe that for some of our tours, taking the train is a practical, affordable and most of all a very enjoyable alternative. Even flying in just one direction will have a very positive benefit on the environment. To compare the emissions for your next trip take a look at this easy to use emissions calculator – https://uic.org/ecopassenger.
One-way fares from London to Bucharest or vice versa to join the Romania tailormade tour start at £170.
For a quote to travel from a European city other than London please contact us. We will advise you of the options, including routes and fares.
Contact us for further details about how we can help you plan the perfect environmentally friendly addition to your holiday. As well as train tickets, we can arrange stopovers along the way, including hotels and guided tours.
Combine Romania with Bulgaria and Moldova
Why not include Bulgaria and Moldova to your tour for a more in depth look at this fascinating and little visited part of Europe? We offer group and private tailormade tours in both countries. Please contact us for details.
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